Everyday Top by Tie Dye Diva

Hello, today we are sharing the Everyday Top by Tie Dye Divas with you.

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 I sewed this up for my daughter and am absolutely in love.  The button closure, the optional front bodice trim, the neckline options (peter pan, scoop or square), the CUFFS!!!!  This pattern is a fairly easy sew and stands up and demands that people stop in their tracks and say 'AWWWWWW'.  And yet with all this adorable factor, this is a top that those pickier girls can easily make look 'cool' - the right fabrics with leggings and boots and you have the perfect outfit for  that non 'girly girl'that is 100% school appropriate.  

Some quick Details:

  1. Skill Level - Beginner + (the cuffs, sleeves and placket are great details that just take a little extra time - if you haven't done these before, don't worry, you wont have any problem following the pattern)
  2. Printing: The pattern Pieces print in Color on 9 pages. The sizes are all nested together
  3. Size Range:  2t-7/8
  4. Instructions - Clear and easy to follow with step by step written instructions and clear photographs to walk you through each stage of construction. 
  5. Fit - I made the 2T for my daughter (which is her RTWsize) and I love the fit... a little bit of growing room to last through the fall and winter. 
  6. Options: Collar - Peter Pan, square, scoop.  There are also instructions for adding fullness to the body and for adding the trim detail at the yoke. 

Tie Dye Diva is offering a one day discount of 20% off with the code: EVERYDAY20   And you can always get the great deal of 25% off 3 or more patterns with code BUNDLE.

  • This review was completed by a 3rd party objective reviewer who received a complimentary copy of the pattern in order to complete the review. Neither Pattern Revolution nor the reviewer received any additional compensation for this review.

But now I'll let Shae take it away with an in depth review of this top... 



Hi!  I'm Shae of Saflower Photography and Designs.  When I'm not chasing around my 4 year old twins or taking photos of amazing families, you can probably find me in my sewing/craft/office/storage room.  I usually just sew for my munchkins, but I am starting to take on more and more paid jobs and am starting the process of getting some pieces listed in my shop, Saflower Designs.  

A few weeks back I ordered some 21 wale corduroy for what I thought was going to be a pair of pants for my daughter.  When I got the fabric it was really bright for pants, so like any good seamstress, I added it to my giant hoard, I mean my small collection of fabric.  Fast forward to the day I got the Everyday Top pattern by Tie Dye Diva in my inbox.  I just knew that my wonderful purple corduroy had found its match.

I have never actually sewn a Tie Dye Diva pattern so I had no idea what to expect.  I was very happy with how well written this pattern was.  The directions were very clear and the photos that went along with it were very helpful.  There were a few pages to print and cut out, but not bad compared to some patterns.  

Ok, let's start with the yoke.  It is a pretty typical lined yoke with the collar sandwiched between.  Nothing tricky here, but I am in love with the peter pan collar and the buttons.  If you are familiar with my stuff, you know I am a sucker for buttons!  Since I live in San Diego, we don't really have much of a winter season, so I tend to just put my kiddos in layers rather than buying them jackets they will wear for a total of 2 days.  Because of this, I chose to line the yoke with the same corduroy to add a little extra layer for the winter months.  

Let's talk arms for a minute.  I just adore the look or set in sleeves, but I have a deep dark secret.  I hate doing them!  Shhhh, don't tell anyone.  I always have to plan on extra time when it comes to set in sleeves.  Easing them in just isn't my thing.  I always end up with little gathers and I usually have a lot of bad words to say and my seam ripper tends to get thrown across the room a couple of times.  I do have to say, that in the end, it is all worth it!  These sleeves look awesome.  I mean, just look at that cuff!  The little notch detail really makes it stand apart from other shirts.  I just adore them.

The shirt front and back are really great because there is very little gathering.  I like that it doesn't look like a really short twirly dress.  The pattern does however give you directions to make it a little fuller if that is your preference.  

I actually learned something new with the back of this shirt.  I'm use to doing the placket where you sew a rectangle of fabric to the shirt, cut it, flip it, and then top stitch it.  This one has a continuous lap placket.  I always love a pattern where you learn something new.  It was a little on the bulky side with the corduroy, but still turned out pretty well.  

As far as time goes, I would say this is a long nap time sew once you get everything cut out.  If you have trouble with sleeves like I do, then give yourself extra time!  

I would call this an intermediate or confident beginner pattern.  There are no button holes or zippers and it has minimal gathering, but the cuffs and placket can be a little tricky.  

My daughter is a thin 4t and this fit perfect.  The length was just right and she had enough wiggle room for some growth.  

I already have fabric picked out for a few more and they will be staples in my daughter's wardrobe this fall/winter.